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Victorian foals in demand on Gold Coast

PHOTO: Lauriston Thoroughbreds sold a Helmet – Skidoodle colt for $170,000

The Wood Nook Farm dispersal provided plenty of fireworks at the Magic Millions National Foal Sale and several other Victorian based studs and stallions were popular with buyers on the Gold Coast.

Rosemount Stud sensation Starspangledbanner kicked off proceedings on Sunday morning with Lot 1, a colt from Hadronica that made $130,000 to Melbourne syndicator Brad Spicer. That result rubber-stamped the decision to increase Starspangledbanner’s fee to $44,000 (inc gst) this year.

Eliza Park International staff were kept busy with a draft of over 60 foals from their home base and as agent for Heinrich Bloodstock. Among the more expensive was the Bel Esprit filly that made $100,000 to Graeme Rogerson on Monday afternoon. The Kiwi trainer prepared her older half-sister Jacquetta to win the 2014 LR Welcome Stakes at Riccarton.

Bel Esprit started the weekend on a high with news the dam of G1 Doomben 10,000 winner Boban will be among his mares later this year. The EPI champion will also cover G1 Golden Slipper winner Merlene.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm received a tidy return when NZ pin-hookers Regal Farm paid $170,000 for the Helmet – Skidoodle colt. He is a half-brother to stakes sprinter Tudor and continued the positive response to Darley Victoria sire Helmet at the yearling and foal sales this year.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds also sold a Pierro colt from Moonee Valley winner Emilydelago for $110,000 to a Victorian client of Magic Millions.

Pierro was the leading first-season sire at the National Foal Sale and Musk Creek Farm owner David Kobritz bought his colt from Sorority Girl (Stravinsky) for $240,000 from Buckley-based Erinvale Thoroughbreds.

Kobritz had purchased Pierro for $115,000 at the 2010 National Foal Sale and then pin-hooked him for $230,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale from his property on the Mornington peninsula. The Lonhro colt swept the 2012 Sydney 2YO Triple Crown and was syndicated to stand at Coolmore Stud in a deal reported to be worth more than $20 million.

Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs had one filly catalogued and she was knocked down to Melbourne agent Sheamus Mills for $60,000. Her dam is a daughter of Arrabeea (Zabeel) who won stakes races in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Victorian vendors will be back in force for the Inglis Great Southern Sale starting on June 21. There are 354 foals catalogued during the first two sessions of the four-day auction at Oaklands.

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